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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 20, 2012 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

Rock star coke trip? Man Jerry was the most selfless lead guitarist I can think of. In fact he didn't even consider himself one he consideed himself an emsemble player and/or accompanist. Very modest when playing with others it appears to me. I think the reason why so many are a dud is why so many all star jams are a dud. First you have to usually play with someone more than once to really gel and also they have to play something they all know or can wing so it's usually something rather basic, some sort of cover. Not always but a lot of times. Cippolina pretty much only did NFA and I always can hear him.

I would guess a lot of people would pick 2-11-70 Allmans as a big moment. One of my favs is Gary Duncan sitting in on 10-27 and 10-31-91. I like the Quicksilver sound being thrown in there. Sounds fresh and yet like the old days.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 21, 2012 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

My hints at Garcai not giving room, were based by comments from, I think Butch Trucks, about Jerry hogging the solo spots, but Betts smoking him in JBG ( Watkins Glen ? ) . As has been mentioned before, in Allmans/Dead threads , one has to take these comments in context of the respect/resentment/rivaary/love relationship these bands had/have .
But, generally I agree, Garcia seemed glad to have someone else do solo duty, especially later on . I am glad you brought up that 10-31-91 show , we all think of Cipollina, but Duncan is the other half of the classic Quick sound .

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 21, 2012 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

Come to think of it I don remember reading that too. Well I wasn't there on stage or in person for that show but I would tend to believe it either had to do with being excited or maybe chemical factors but not be related to any kind of showboating or ego trip.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 20, 2012 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

I'm not a big Stephen Stills fan,but I think his two guest appearances in 69' are top notch.He was very familiar with the bands music judging by how well he integrated himself into it.If you listen to the Lovelight from 10/25/69 at about 3:15 you can hear him(in left channel) riffing along with Jerry and Bob in perfect unison,then at about 6:30 he joins in on some nice backing vocals,at 9:00 behind the box back nitty verse he peels off some raunchy licks under Pigs vocal,at 17:15 he starts to pick some nasty,chunky rhythm licks while Pig and Bob get to screamin',where he once again joins the vocal mix and starts belting along,all in all an almost seamless blend with the band.

http://archive.org/details/gd69-10-25.sbd.jagla.81.sbefail.shnf

At the 12/10/69 show he joins the band for an average/sloppy Casey Jones and a perfunctory Smokestack Lightning,but shines with some strong tandem playing with Jerry on Morning Dew.After the first verse Jerry plays a short,tight solo which Stills caps off perfectly with a few well placed notes at about 7:15,the second verse follows and at 8:45 or so Jerry and Stills begin a mellow,duel of rhythm/lead licks which results in a laid back but potent end jam,once again he manages to get right in the mix,especially with Jerry and Phil.He also does his own Black Queen that night,a quintessential 60's rocker,this might be the single best example of the GD rockin' out.

http://archive.org/details/gd69-12-10.sbd.gerland.10986.sbeok.shn

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 21, 2012 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

Stills seemed to enjoy his later visit at the Meadowlands in '83. I was at this show and while the version of "Love the One..." is a little clunky you can feel the energy and fun they were having.

http://archive.org/details/gd83-04-17.sbd.fink.14941.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 21, 2012 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best guest guitar spots with the Dead ?

I caught both Jersey shows in 83' and like you said he and the band seemed to enjoy playing together and although it sounds clunky and chaotic at times there was an undeniable energy,scattered over the course of the songs he played on there are some interesting moments.